Check out me and HELLGA (Robin Coleman) from American Gladiators posing at the Operation Fitness Red Carpet in Culver City last weekend! It was super fun and I was so excited to meet this awesome and powerful woman!
In honor of spring, I’m initiating a little spring cleaning. But instead of cleaning closets and windows and cars, this year I’m going to try clean up some of my habits, and assumptions and attitudes. When cleaning closets or the garage, I’m pretty brutal about tossing out things that I no longer need or want. So this year, I’m going to throw away a few habits and attitudes that just aren’t working for me any more. I’m going to pull out the big trash can, and I’m going to start with negative body talk.
Does this sound familiar?
“I hate my thighs!”
“Does my butt look big in this?”
“I can’t believe she’s wearing that.”
“Why can’t I have hair like hers? Mine is too flat.”
Yup, those phrases represent negative body talk–those little phrases we say inside our heads or share with friends in conversation that put down that most magnificent and beautiful and personal gift, our bodies. Negative body talk is everywhere. Our friends do it. Our families do it. And most of us do it from time to time.
So what’s wrong with it? Plenty. Negative body talk has an immediately detrimental effect on our physical and mental health. A recent article highlights some studies that indicate that “fat talk predicts changes in depression, body satisfaction, and perceived pressure to be thin across time.” According to one study, the more fat talk a person talked, the worse they felt–resulting in lower body satisfaction and increased depression after 3 weeks.
Negative body talk is bad for us, and it’s everywhere. So why do we do it? I imagine sometimes it’s to fit in and sometimes it’s because we feel bad. But a lot of times, I think we do it because we don’t even recognize we’re doing it. You see, negative body talk can be kind of sneaky. Sure, we recognize a phrase like “I hate my butt” as negative body talk. But negative body talk can also be much more subtle:
“I’m exercising so I can tone up and look good in a swimsuit.”
“I can show my arms because they look okay, but not my thighs.”
“That dress just doesn’t look good on certain body types.”
“I don’t need to look like a supermodel. I just want to look good in shorts.”
This kind of negative body talk can be harder to recognize, but it’s negative body talk all the same. It’s still damaging. It’s something that “doesn’t work for me any more.” And this spring I’m working to throw it all out.
So my little chicklettes, how about you? Ready for some spring cleaning? Let’s get out some big cardboard boxes and the super big industrial-sized trash bags and get ready to clean house!
The Fat Chick
|The Fat Chick Visits the Liberty Bell in the Land Of Brotherly Love and Cheesy Sandwiches|
So often when I travel, I never manage to get out beyond the conference room, the convention center or even the hotel. But on my recent trip to Philly, I was determined. I was going to see that big, big bell. And although it doesn’t look that large, brother it is HEAVY! Not just with history and significance but also pure, unadulterated poundage.
Here’s some stats
Cast: In 1751 by Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London
Composition: 70% copper, 25% tin, 2% lead, 1% zinc, .25% arsenic and .20% silver with trace amounts of gold, magnesium, nickel and antimony
Circumference: around the lip (bottom) of the Bell is 12 feet and around the crown (top) is 7 feet 6 inches.
Length: from the lip to the crown 3 feet and the height over the crown measures 2 feet 3 inches.
Thickness: of the Liberty Bell at the lip is 3 inches and, at the crown, the thickness is 1.25 inches.
Clapper: measures 3 feet 2 inches and weighs 44.5 pounds.
Total Weight: 2,080 lbs.
Conclusion: The Liberty Bell weighs more than me
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